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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Educational Leadership (M.S.Ed.)

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Master of Science in Educational Leadership (M.S.Ed.)
School of Education   

Neff Hall 250 ~ 260-481-6861

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this degree, students will:

  • Demonstrate understanding as a school building leader of how to develop a school-wide culture of achievement aligned to the school’s vision.
  • Apply knowledge as a school building leader to create a positive school culture and instructional program using effective practices that contribute to the academic success of all learners.
  • Apply knowledge as a school building leader to leverage organizational, operational, and resource management skills to support school improvement and contribute to the academic success of all learners.
  • Demonstrate understanding as a school building leader of how to build relationships that ensure all key stakeholders work collaboratively and effectively together, responding to diverse community interests and needs, mobilizing community resources, and cultivating community partners in order to achieve transformative results.
  • Apply knowledge as a school building leader by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner to support school policies and assurance of equitable practices, while supporting and communicating democratic values, equity, and diversity in order to ensure the success of all learners.
  • Apply knowledge as a school building leader by using laws, policies and leadership platforms to advocate for all students and families, and act to influence policy makers in order to ensure the success of all learners.

The Degree:

The M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership is a professional graduate degree program intended to prepare students for an Indiana license as a Building Level Administrator who can create an environment in which all students can meet rigorous academic requirements and discover their unique capabilities.

Educational Leadership students may choose to complete the accelerated 30 credit M.S.Ed. program cohort option or the self-paced pathway. Students in this program may select a fall or spring start date. The focus of this program is preparation for an Indiana Building Level Administrator license for the State of Indiana.

To earn the master’s degree with a major in educational leadership and acquire the academic preparation for an Indiana Building Level Administrator License; you must satisfactorily complete the required 30 credit hour program, and you must satisfy the requirements of Purdue University Fort Wayne (Regulations ) and the School of Education.

To qualify for the Indiana Building Level Administrator license, you must also complete the following:

  • Pass the Indiana Teacher Licensing Test-(039) School Administrator-Building Level;
  • Provide a letter from your superintendent stating that you have at least two years of full-time teaching experience under a valid license;
  • Proof of approved certification in CPR/AED;
  • Proof of suicide prevention training;
  • Complete an exit interview and receive recommendation from Educational Leadership faculty.


  • The Educational Leadership program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), and nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP).  Because of these statuses, candidates who meet specific requirements are eligible for a Building Level Administrator license in the State of Indiana.  Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.


Candidates to the M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership program will need to 

  • have an earned Bachelor’s degree,
  • posses a 3.0 GPA,
  • prepare a Statement of Purpose,
  • provide a resume,
  • submit two letters of recommendation,
  • provide transcripts, and
  • provide a teaching license.


Admission Requirement:  Admission to the Purdue Fort Wayne Educational Leadership program requires an official transcript reflecting 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 Grade Point Average Scale.

Total (30 Credits)

  •  At least 18 of the 30 total credits toward the M.S.Ed. must be completed at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Student Responsibility

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study.    All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the Graduate Director.

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